Monthly Archives: January 2011

Etsy Sale!

Hello, you’re hearing from me again, and I only just posted yesterday- crazy!

Just wanted to let the blog world know that I’m having a sale on my Etsy site: I’ve marked everything down by 20% and if you’re a fan of my Facebook Jewellery Page you get an additional 20% off (send me a message or leave a note on the page wall and I’ll send you the code)

Happy Valentine’s Day! The sale is on until February 8th: plenty of time to get a paycheck and get a gift for someone special (this is also a perfect excuse to buy something for yourself, as you’re someone special, obviously!)


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We Are Birmingham Article

Over the Christmas holiday I was sitting in We Are Birmingham’s shop, enjoying a drink with a friend of mine who was over visiting from the States. Aaron, the managing director of We Are Birmingham, came over to tell me that the shop was going to have an article in the Birmingham Assay Office’s publication, and that they were going to use a photo of one of my pieces in the article. Excellent!
I kind of forgot about that exciting news with all the craziness associated with the holiday season, but when I was our Design Space studio last week I saw the Assay Office publication and remembered- sure enough, there was the article about We Are Birmingham, and there was a photo of my William Morris Necklace!


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My 3 Week Career Change (or: Our Anglo-American Wedding)

Every year up til this one, Christmastime has been a chance for me to go back to Georgia and see the family- I’d spend the holiday eating lots of food, watching all of the Lord of the Rings extended edition dvds, reading, and catching up with all the people I hadn’t seen for a long time. This year was completely different.

This is the first year I haven’t been working on University projects, so I decided to embrace retail’s busiest time of year and participate in several jewellery shows (which I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts)- so up to December 12th I was frantically busy getting things ready to go in shops, gallery exhibitions, and Christmas fairs.

On December 13th the first wedding guest arrived.

I had done a little bit of prep work for our New Years Day wedding (1-1-11!), but I was so busy filling jewellery orders that by the time I finished my last show on December 12th I still had most of my wedding to sort out.

Over the next 3 weeks I worked as an event planner, jeweller (made the bridesmaids jewellery and designed my own wedding ring, of course!), graphic designer and printer (invitations, programmes, place cards), caterer (bought some pre-made food from Marks and Spencer but had to put it all together and make enough things for 200 wedding guests!), florist, tailor (needed to alter my wedding dress and one of the bridesmaid’s dresses), tour guide (for all the Americans who flew to the UK for the wedding!), makeup artist, and personal shopper. My fiance kept trying to get me to pay other people to do parts of the wedding (especially the cake- he thought it was crazy for me to make 250 cupcakes, and I thought it was crazy to pay someone else ¬£800 ($1300) to make cake that wasn’t nearly as tasty as what I could make!)

I’m sure my “do it yourself” attitude toward life in general contributed greatly to my 3 week “career change”; I’ve never been someone who wanted to pay people to do something that I could do myself! In hindsight, it probably would have been good if I had subcontracted a few things out, but luckily I had a ton of amazing friends and relatives who pitched in and made everything happen just the way it needed to!

Here are a few photos of the activities leading up to the wedding:

Shopping for Wedding Food with Mom and Clare

Mom sorting out the flowers

Trying my hand at flower arranging

Back from our late-night holly gathering expedition

Andrew helped with the bridesmaid dress ironing

I baked 250 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from scratch

Cupcake Decorating Team


The day of the wedding was so much fun. The crazy amount of work paid off and it was so rewarding to see everything come together and enjoy spending the day with so many friends and family members. Here are photos of how everything turned out!

Holy Trinity Church, Wordsley


Signing the Register

Mr. and Mrs.

Stefani and Abi (Both pendants were vintage brooches I bought here in England)

Juliane (Pendant is from a French nurse's uniform brooch in the early 1900's)

Group Photo in Church

Our rings (I designed mine based on a ring from the 1920's then had it drawn up in CAD and cast in palladium)


Cupcake Table (Thanks to my sisters for the awesome bride and groom cake toppers!)

Cupcake Feeding Time!

Now it’s back to being a full-time jeweller. The stint as Event Planner, Florist, etc. was an enjoyable 3 week career change, but I’m looking forward to getting back to my real work. Happy 2011!


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